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Thankful: BOGO's

Just kidding, sorta.  Buy One Get One sales can be awesome, y'all...that's for sure.  However, I've realized in the last few years that this whole holiday shopping mess has really ruined the idea of what said holidays are about. 

Thanksgiving:  let's be thankful for everything we have and everyone around us, then go out THAT SAME NIGHT so we can get a "deal" on an (insert item here)...not cool y'all.

I'm thankful for the experience of spending my career in retail.  While many don't see that as a "real job", I'm quick to remind you of the sacrifices we make as retail employees for your leisure enjoyment.  I'm also VERY quick to remind you that a deal to you, is not a deal to those who you're taking away from their family.  I'm blessed to work for a boss who doesn't believe in being open on Thanksgiving, but I can't say the same for some of my friends.

There are so many companies whose goal is strictly $$ and with each year, they open earlier and earlier so that people can get a good "deal".  It's simple, y'all.  If you DON'T go into a store on THANKSGIVING and spend money, "corporate" will see that and think twice about taking their employees away from their families for the all mighty dollar.

I am sad for those I know who are forced by their companies to work on a day that should be spent with those they love...and more sad for a society that thinks that 75% off is worth more than the people who ring them up at the cash registers.

So...next time you get to eat Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner with your loved ones and plan on going out at midnight to get a steal of a deal, remember that the employees who have to have smiles on their faces when they see you are missing out on time with their own loved ones.

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